Hollywood station is a super funny Police procedural that is at once a satire and a pseudo thriller. Mr. Wambaugh hates what has happened to the once proud LAPD in the years after Rodney King and he’s not shy about letting his views show. In fact, his in your face criticisms of the current management of the LAPD is so ludicrous and unbelievable, that at times those who have never served in any police capacity in our politically correct atmosphere is forced to dismiss them as mere rantings and wild exaggerations from a disgruntled ex-cop. Not so.
This couldn’t put it down winner is littered with stereotypes so outrageously silly that in the hands of a lesser author they could easily be confused with the fumbling of an unimaginative hack. But in this highly entertaining read the use of clichéd characters and situations is used to great effect and it gives this novel, if seen for the satire is supposed to be, a feel of greatness.
Some of Mr. Wambaugh’s fans may be confused and disappointed. This is to be expected. This book has none of the serious feel and forceful character of some of his earlier works, for which he has won so much acclaim. It almost feels as if it had been written by a totally different person (uhm). But in my humble opinion, this is his best work yet. Get it now, but before you start it take a deep breath. You’ll find it hard to come up for air until the very last page.